Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable
Includes Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Homestead

August 11-13

Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable

NOAA Weather has predicted winds in South Florida to be around 15 knots and out of an east to southeast direction much of the weekend. There will be a chance of thunderstorms throughout the weekend.

Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef

Catch and release snook fishing in the ocean inlets has been red hot. Live baits like pinfish, mullet and large threadfin herring have been responsible for most of the snook but the guys bouncing one and two-ounce jigs off the bottom are catching their fare share too. Most of the strikes are coming near the bottom so if you like to throw hard plastics then you will need to get them deep. A few tarpon, large jack crevalles and mangrove snappers are being caught in the inlets also. Kingfish have been biting just outside the outer reef line. The action has been hot in the early mornings near the surface but once the sun gets up high the fish move closer to the bottom where the water is cooler. Live baits and drifted fresh ballyhoo and Spanish sardines are getting a lot of the kingfish bites. Mixed in with the kingfish have been large bonitos, a few blackfin tuna, large barracudas and a few sailfish. Dolphin fishing has been good this past week with the fish moving in a little closer to land. Once you hit the blue water color change start searching for floating debris and birds. This is where the dolphins should be. Mutton snappers have been feeding over the artificial reefs and along the deeper ledges. A live large threadfin herring or ballyhoo fished on a long leader near the bottom has been getting the snappers. The nighttime bottom fishing continues to be good around the reefs. Good depths to target right now might be 40 feet and 60 feet of water. High tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 10:20.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

The best bay fishing right now has been during the mornings. Get out early and hit the grass flats around Mt Sinai Hospital. Cast Hookup lures tipped with a soft plastic, Rapala SubWalks and strips of mullet fished from under a Cajun Thunder float. Let your boat drift with the wind and enjoy the early morning action from sea trout, ladyfish, mangrove snappers, ladyfish and sharks. At night, there have been snappers biting around the bridges and a few snook and small tarpon feeding under the many dock lights in the bay. Low tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 5:53 AM

South Biscayne Bay

Besides the good catch and release snook action taking place around Bear Cut and Cape Florida there has been some good bonefish and permit action in South Bay. For the guys with the shallow floating skiffs the bonefish bite along the Oceanside flats and mainland flats south of Matheson Hammock Park has been good. Some of the best action has been after first light for tailing fish. On the outgoing tides permits have been feeding on crabs around the passes that have hard bottom. On the west side of the bay over the grass flats sea trout, jack crevalles, barracudas and ladyfish have been eating ¼ ounce red Hookup lure jig heads tipped with a soft plastic. Low tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 5:23 in the morning.


Snook, small to medium size tarpon and sea trout have been feeding up on the shallow flats of Florida Bay. If you are on the flats at sun up on a calm morning you will have no trouble finding the rolling and feeding tarpon. These tarpons are eating flies, soft plastics rigged weedless and surface plugs. While casting for the tarpon many snook and large sea trout have intercepted the baits. Catch and release snook fishing continues to be good along the outside shorelines that have downed trees. A live pinfish hooked to a Mustad Ultra Point #2 short shank hook has been deadly on the snook. A Rapala Twitchin Mullet is getting the strikes as well. Sea trout and mangrove snappers are feeding out over the deeper grass flats south and east of Sandy Key. In this area, a chunk of pinfish fished from under a Cajun Thunder float has been getting a lot of strikes. In the rivers and along the mangrove shorelines of Oyster Bay and Whitewater Bay plenty of mangrove snappers have been available. Low tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 5:08 AM and at the mouth of Shark River high tide is at 9:55 AM.








  • Field Editor of the Florida Sportsman Magazines Action Spotter Report South Region
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